By Jacob Ajom
Action-starved Lagos football fans may be in for a pleasant surprise as the Minister of Sports.
and Youth Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung has promised to bring the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia to Lagos if the Lagos State government can complete the renovation of the national stadium within six months.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd left); Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung (2nd right); Stadium Manager, Mr. Taiwo Oladeinde (right) and Special Adviser to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Deji Tinubu (left) during the inspection visit to the National Stadium, Surulere, on Wednesday
Speaking after inspecting the dilapidated edifice, alongside the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode yesterday, Dalung said, “as a way of motivating the Lagos state government, the Super Eagles match against Zambia can be played in Lagos if the renovation of the stadium can be completed in six months.”
This received a loud ovation from the crowd which had gathered to listen to both the minister and his host, Governor Ambode. President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick was also present.
Nigeria plays Zambia in October in the return leg of the 2018 World Cup qualifier Before then, the Eagles are expected to play the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon on August 27 in Uyo and September 2 in Lima Cameroon.
The Super Eagles last match in the qualifiers will be against the Desert Foxes of Algeria which comes up on November 5, in Algiers.